Take it slow
If you are trying cigars for the first time, maybe better to dip your toe into it rather than diving headfirst. You may not even like cigar smoking, so if that’s the case you’re much better off taking it slowly.
Take your time watching a youtube video, finding articles, and reading blog posts such as this to properly educate yourself before. When you feel ready to take the first step, make sure that you buy your cigars from a reputable seller such as UKTobacco. We are committed to providing only the highest quality of cigars to you, so you aren’t stuck with an unsatisfying smoke. This will present you with a great cigar which is going to be a yardstick at which you can measure the quality of future smokes.
Store your cigars properly
Properly humidified cigars will remain in great condition indefinitely. The best way to ensure proper humidification is to invest in a proper humidifier that is fit for purpose. Cigars in the humidor should be maintained at around 21 degrees celsius with a corresponding humidity level of around 70%.
When you are storing cigars, it is of paramount importance that you ensure the temperature and humidity are kept at a constant level. Fluctuations in both heat and humidity can therefore cause cigars to split or crack.
Most small cigars, however, do not require additional humidity to stay fresh, many European cigars for instance are subjected to a baking process during the manufacturing process that alleviates the need for storage in a humidor for that reason, many folks refer to them as dry cigars. Others, however, are individually wrapped in cellophane which means they will maintain their freshness without sacrificing the integrity due to humidity or temperature considerations.
If you aren’t sure which cigar to get, why not get a variety pack, a sampler pack will give you the chance to experience a few different, high-end cigars. Read our guide on how to appreciate different flavours of cigars first.
Cigar smoking can be a great way to have a civilised night in with your buddies! Get on some of the classic tunes, fix yourself some cocktails and prepare your cigars.
Pairing drinks with cigars can be a great choice! We recommend something whisky based, maybe it’s whisky on the rocks, maybe it’s old-fashioned? Read our in-depth guide here about how to pair drinks with your cigars. It does offer a whole new experience and dimension to the activity of drinking whisky.
Take your time to properly appreciate the taste of the cigar, and enjoy the experience. At the end of the day, it’s supposed to be enjoyable after all, so try and not get hung up if you are ‘doing it right, just enjoy the process and experience.